Movies and the Meaning of Life: Philosophers Take on Hollywood [NOOK Book]

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"The meaning of life is the most urgent of questions," said the existentiallist thinker Albert Camus. And no less a philosopher than Woody Allen has wondered:"How is it possible to find meaning in a finite world, given my waist and shirt size?"
"Movies and the Meaning of Life" looks at popular and cult movies, examining their assumptions and insights on meaning-of-life questions: What is reality and how can I know it? (The Truman Show, Contact, Waking Life); How do I find ...
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Movies and the Meaning of Life: Philosophers Take on Hollywood

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Overview


"The meaning of life is the most urgent of questions," said the existentiallist thinker Albert Camus. And no less a philosopher than Woody Allen has wondered:"How is it possible to find meaning in a finite world, given my waist and shirt size?"
"Movies and the Meaning of Life" looks at popular and cult movies, examining their assumptions and insights on meaning-of-life questions: What is reality and how can I know it? (The Truman Show, Contact, Waking Life); How do I find myself and my true identity? (Fight Club, Being John Malkovich, Boys Don't Cry, Memento); How do I find meaning from my interactions with others? (Pulp Fiction, Shadowlands, Chasing Amy); What is the chief purpose in life? (American Beauty, Life is Beautiful, The Shawshank Redemption); and How ought I live my life? (Pleasantville, Spiderman, Minority Report, Groundhog Day).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812698749
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • File size: 431 KB

Meet the Author


Kimberly A. Blessing is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at King's College, PA.
Paul J. Tudico is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at East Tennessee State University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments : you mean so much to us
Introduction : so ... why "the meaning of life"?
1 Deceit and doubt : the search for truth in The Truman show and Descartes's Meditations 3
2 Our place in the cosmos : faith and belief in Contact 17
3 The on-going wow : Waking life and the waltz between detachment and immersion 32
4 I am Jack's wasted life : Fight club and personal identity 47
5 It's my heeeeaaaad! : sex and death in Being John Malkovich 61
6 Popping it in : gender identity in Boys don't cry 77
7 We all need mirrors to remind us who we are : inherited meaning and inherited selves in Memento 94
8 The indifferent universe : Woody Allen's Crimes and misdemeanors 113
9 Rats in God's laboratory : Shadowlands and the problem of evil 125
10 Flying without a map : Chasing Amy and the quest for satisfying relationships 137
11 American beauty : look closer 153
12 Life is beautiful : the lure of evil and the rebellion of love 169
13 The Shawshank redemption and the hope for escape 184
14 The roar and the rampage : a tale of revenge in Kill Bill volumes I and II 199
15 Pleasantville, Aristotle, and the meaning of life 213
16 Of Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and living like a hero 228
17 So tired of the future : freedom and determinism in Minority report 242
18 Grace, fate, and accident in Pulp fiction 257
19 What Nietzsche could teach you : eternal recurrence in Groundhog Day 273
You mean we have to say something about ourselves? 289
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